Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

Apple has applied for a trademark in Japan for "iWatch", indicating it may proceed with rumoured plans to develop a so-called "smartwatch".

A document obtained from the Japan Patent Office by the Associated Press said the application was made on 3 June and made public on 27 June.

It is not known when the application might be approved.

An Apple logo outside a store.
Apple has applied for a trademark in Japan for 'iWatch', indicating it may develop a 'smartwatch' Credit: REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Neither the patent office nor Apple officials in Japan were available for comment.

Rumours have circulated that Apple is working on a "smartwatch" that would run on a version of its operating system used by its iPhone and iPad.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook previously hinted that the company may be developing a wearable computing device such as a wristwatch.

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